|That's my tree branch, but it's twenty feet on the opposite side of the tree from which it came. Luckily no harm was done to the neighbor's building, and he and I made short work of clearing it.|
All this weather is playing havoc with my paint schedule, but I finally got a start on the garage door project today. The homeowner primed and base coated it, so the only boring part I have to do is tape, and man is there a lot of tape! There's also an awful lot left to paint, but I did manage to get the technique figured out to match her wood sample. I can't get the grain to go as fine as cherry, since the doors are already embossed with an oak grain, but it's still coming along nicely.
In case you are wondering, the house,which has had some siding boards replaced, is getting a new paint job, with a deep ocean blue body color, and creamy white trim. When it's all done, the only wood grain will be the garage doors and front entry doors.
|After primer and base coat, it's time to tape the first sections to be panted.|
|This wood grain uses two glazes. The first, a raw umber with a touch of golden color, shown on the bottom strip, is used to make the grain pattern. This is followed almost immediately with a cherry colored glaze, tinted with burnt umber.|
|Here's a close-up. Pretty real, huh? Reminds me of a 1950's Cris Craft boat I once saw. Perhaps I'll go into ark painting, if the rain doesn't let up.|
|One panel complete, way too many yet to go. Sure hope the weather man is wrong about chance of rain on Saturday!|
For the D-I-Yers: I use latex paint as a base coat over a bonding primer, for exterior faux finishes. Then, instead of glazing liquid or gel stain, I use the deepest tone base of the same product as the base coat, tinted with universal tints. This insures that the finish coat is as strong as any coat of paint would be, and does away with the need for any clear coat. I don't use clear coats on exterior paint work. Pigmented paint holds up to sunlight better than any clear.
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More samples of wood graining and other faux techniques can be seen on my website, theartofthehome.com.